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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2022     Views: 2109

Challenges and Opportunities in the Restaurant Industry


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Suggested Resources

Company Analysis and Financing

Company profiles on project sponsors

Financial fundamentals for valuation

Executive bios

Size of organization, i.e., number of employees, revenue

Capital IQ -  profiles of public and private companies; information on investment firms and capital transactions

Refinitiv Workspace - financial fundamentals for valuation; equity research and investment firm data


Industry and Market Research


Market reports on consumer facing sectors including restaurants and food retail.

Relevant topics covered include:

-consumer trends in dining out

-restaurant and food service segments including: full service restaurants, quick service restaurants, fast casual restaurants, snack, bakery, & coffee shops, bars & taverns,buffets & cafeterias

-social media marketing and restaurant apps

-brand management



Mintel - consumer market studies and primary and secondary data analysis (primarily for European and US countries) for sectors including restaurants, food and beverage. Consumer demographic specific reports are also available. 

Passport - global market research on the consumer foodservice industry. Sectors include: 100% Home, Delivery/Takeaway, Cafés/Bars, Consumer Foodservice by Location, Fast Food, Full-Service Restaurants, Self-Service Cafeterias and Street Stalls/Kiosks.

eMarketer -  includes market data, statistics, and analysis on the Internet, e-business, online marketing, media, and emerging technologies; useful for understanding the growth and impact of the Internet as well as for keeping up with new trends, such as social networking and mobile marketing; 

Refinitiv Workspace - equity research from investment banks.

Articles and News


Articles on topics related to the restaurant industry; for example:

-plant forward dining

-animal and plant based protein

-restaurant franchising

-restaurant expansion

-food safety and supply chain

-restaurant technology management

-restaurant private equity funding 

ABI/ProQuest and Business Source Complete - primary article databases for academic, professional management journals such as Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, American Journal of Public Health

Google Scholar - specialized search engine optimized for locating scholarly and academic material licensed by Harvard covering all disciplines. The FIND IT @ Harvard button will automatically appear with search results if you follow the directions here.

Factiva - articles from newspapers and trade publication worldwide including over 30 publications focusing on the restaurant and food service sectors



Books and journal titles on all aspects of the restaurant industry and food service sectors HOLLIS - catalog of information about books (including location) in the collections of all Harvard Libraries.  Use "Request Item" link to have books from other Harvard libraries sent to Baker.